palate

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 /ˈpælɪt/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pal•ate /ˈpælɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Anatomythe inside top part, or roof, of the mouth in mammals:He got peanut butter stuck on his palate.
  2. the sense of taste:a dinner to delight the palate.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
pal•ate  (palit), 
n. 
  1. Anatomy[Anat.]the roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion(hard palate)and a posterior muscular portion(soft palate)that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. See diag. under mouth. 
  2. the sense of taste:a dinner to delight the palate.
  3. intellectual or aesthetic taste;
    mental appreciation.
Etymology:
  • Latin palātum roof of the mouth
  • Middle English palat 1350–1400
palate•less, adj. 
palate•like′, adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

palate /ˈpælɪt/ n
  1. the roof of the mouth, separating the oral and nasal cavities
    See hard palate, soft palate
  2. the sense of taste: she had no palate for the wine
  3. relish or enjoyment
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin palātum, perhaps of Etruscan origin
USAGE
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